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GU eNews, Gannon Alumni e-newsletter

Volume XI, Issue 1       Welcome, , to your GU eNEWS       Jan. 9, 2012
2012 Athletics Hall of Fame
Announcing the 2012 Gannon University Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class: Arthur Arkelian ’51; Michael Corbett ’91M (posthumously); Patrick Ferrara; Kristin (Roseberry) Kachmar; Gary Miller ’72; John Oldach ’90; Heather (Petras) Primrose ’96; Todd Proper ’01, ’06M; Jacki Windon ’01, and the 1961-62 Men’s Basketball Team.  Join us to honor these esteemed athletes at the Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner on Jan. 21. See more and online registration >

GU Honors Martin Luther King
Join Gannon University as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 16, 2012.  Meet Gannon students, staff and alumni through a diverse set of activities. See the full schedule here >


Cheer On Your Knights
Gannon women's and men's basketball teams host local rivals Edinboro on Jan. 11 and Mercyhurst on Feb. 15 at the Hammermill Center. All alumni, season ticket holders, and Golden Knight Athletics Booster Club members in attendance will be invited to a 7 p.m. complimentary pizza party reception directly after the women’s game (start time 5:30 p.m.) and before the men’s game (start time 7:30 p.m.) on both days.

Mark the date to travel to beautiful Italy with the Alumni Association!
Take a moment and close your eyes to imagine the beauty of an Italian countryside, the aroma of a delectable Italian meal, the sounds of a softly sung aria, and the emotion of entering a church with profound history and meaning. Join Dr. Michael E. DeSanctis--Gannon professor of fine arts, director of the honor’s program and Italian historian extraordinaire—on a guided trip through Italy, October 5-14, 2012.   More on the Gannon Alumni Travel program >

Every Alum Has A Story! Dr. Sara M. Ziska '00
Meet Dr. Sara Marie Ziska, a practicing veterinarian and a 2000 graduate of Gannon University with a bachelor of science in biology.  Dr. Ziska has spent the last seven years working on a federally funded equine grant project at Auburn University. Find out how a six day tropical marine biology course at Gannon changed her career path. Read more >

Go Pink with Gannon Women's Basketball
Gannon’s Lady Knights will once again host a Pink Zone game Feb. 18 to raise awareness of and support for breast cancer research.  Admission to the 1 p.m. game in the Hammermill Center against Lock Haven University is free.  T-shirts, raffle baskets, scarves, pink ribbon pins, magnets, bracelets and pink hair extensions will be sold during the game, and survivors will be honored as well.  Watch www.gannonsports.com for details!
What's Going On at GU this Spring?
A Spring Alumni Lunchtime Lecture, Schuster Theatre performances, financial aid workshops—there’s plenty happening around campus this semester for alumni and parents, and you don’t want to miss out on all the fun! Click HERE for a full schedule. 

Find Out More about Financial Aid
Gannon will host a financial aid workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 in room 1200 of the Palumbo Academic Center, 824 Peach St. The workshop is free and open to the public and will include an overview of the entire financial aid process, including definitions of common terms, an explanation of the various aid programs available and a step-by-step review of the questions on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The workshop will also be repeated at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. Advance registration is not required. For more information, contact the Gannon University Financial Aid Office at 814-871-7337 or 1-800-GANNON-U (1-800-426-6668).


Job Search Tips from Career Services
Prepare for the interview long before you land one. Focus your preparation on how you will communicate your skills, abilities and accomplishments. Develop short stories to address possible interview questions. These stories need to communicate what you did and what results you accomplished. Practice interviewing with a career counselor or a friend. Be sure to develop three to five questions you will ask in the interview. Career Services >

Admissions Deadline
Do you know high school seniors who would be a good fit for Gannon?  If so, please share these dates:
January 15 is the Gannon application deadline for seniors hoping to gain entrance into Gannon’s partnership program for medical school with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM).  To schedule a personal visit, please contact the Campus Visit Coordinator at (814) 871-7407 or register online.

Gannon in the News
Read all about it! Gannon University is a newsmaker, in Erie and beyond. Gannon University’s Winter Commencement ceremony was covered by both local broadcast news outlets; view coverage here and here. The website for the Erie Times-News also had a large gallery of images from Commencement. In recent weeks, Gannon student-athletes have been garnering accolades for their exemplary play. Keep up with all the current Gannon news at www.gannon.edu and on Gannon’s Facebook page.

Celebrating Catholic Education at Gannon
Gannon University will celebrate its Catholic Mission during Catholic Colleges Observance Week, Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2012.  Activities include Masses and a special Thomas J. and Mary H. Loftus Lecture on Catholic Thought and Action titled “The Coherence of Catholic Social Teaching: A Framework for the Global Economic Crisis” featuring Todd David Whitmore, Ph.D., associate professor in the department of theology at the University of Notre Dame. Check out the full schedule of activities and join us! 

Poll Question of the Month
The January Poll-of-the-month asks, What activities were YOU involved with as a student at Gannon?
(a) Sports/Athletics; (b) Greek lettered organizations; (c) Clubs/Organizations; (d) ROTC; (e) Theater; (f) None. I made my own fun.
 Vote now >

Student-Athletes Give Back
Gannon’s women’s volleyball team volunteered this fall at Blended Spirits Ranch, a nonprofit providing a safe and structured environment for using equine therapy to help individuals feel empowered and build self-esteem.




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Events

GU Knights vs. Edinboro Basketball Reception
1/11/2012 7:00 PM to 1/11/2012
Who has Gannon spirit? We do! All alumni and guests, season ticket holders, and Gannon Golden Knight Athletic Booster Club members who attend the home basketball games on Jan. 11 (vs. Edinboro) and on Feb. 15 (vs. Mercyhurst) will be invited to a complimentary pizza party reception hosted by the Athletic Boosters and the Alumni Association at 7 p.m., directly after the women’s game (start time 5:30 p.m.) and before the men’s game (start time 7:30 p.m.) on both days.  A reception RSVP is not required, just attend the women's and men's basketball games at the Hammermill Center and listen for the pizza party announcement.  Questions? Contact Mark Gaeta at 814-871-7466.

Gannon University Athletics Hall of Fame 2012
1/21/2012 5:00 PM to 1/21/2012
Members of the Gannon community are cordially invited to the 2012 Gannon University Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Saturday, January 21, 2012.  Tickets are $30 per person, and the registration deadline is Monday, January 16th.


Taylor on Tour Orlando
1/30/2012 7:00 PM to 1/30/2012 9:00 PM
The next destination of the Tour of Gannon University's seventh president Keith  Taylor, Ph.D., stops in Orlando on January 30, 2012.

Taylor on Tour Tampa
1/31/2012 7:00 PM to 1/31/2012 9:00 PM
The next destination on the Tour of Gannon University's seventh president Keith Taylor, Ph.D., stops in Tampa on January 31, 2012.

GU Knights vs. Mercyhurst Basketball Reception
2/15/2012 7:00 PM to 2/15/2012
Who has Gannon spirit? We do! All alumni and guests, season ticket holders, and Gannon Golden Knight Athletic Booster Club members who attend the home basketball games on Jan. 11 (vs. Edinboro) and on Feb. 15 (vs. Mercyhurst) will be invited to a complimentary pizza party reception hosted by the Athletic Boosters and the Alumni Association at 7 p.m., directly after the women’s game (start time 5:30 p.m.) and before the men’s game (start time 7:30 p.m.) on both days.  A reception RSVP is not required, just attend the women's and men's basketball games at the Hammermill Center and listen for the pizza party announcement.  Questions? Contact Mark Gaeta at 814-871-7466.

Taylor on Tour Naples
2/22/2012 6:00 PM to 2/22/2012 8:00 PM
The Inaugural Tour of Gannon University's seventh president Keith Taylor, Ph.D., continues in Florida with a stop in Naples on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 for 6 - 8 p.m. reception at the Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Taylor On Tour Ft. Lauderdale
2/23/2012 6:00 PM to 2/23/2012 8:00 PM
The Inaugural Tour of Gannon University's seventh president Keith Taylor, Ph.D., continues in Florida with a stop in Ft. Lauderdale on Thursday, February 23, 2012 for 6 - 8 p.m. reception at the 15th Street Fisheries & Dockside Cafe.  Please RSVP by Thursday, February 16.

PKA Epsilon Upsilon's 50th Anniversary Reunion
7/26/2012 to 7/29/2012
Save the Date!  Brothers of Epsilon Upsilon celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Pi Kappa Alpha at Gannon University from Thursday, July 26 - Sunday, July 29, 2012.  Plans are being made for golf, picnics, a Founder's Dinner, cocktail reception, house tours, breakfast at Dominick's Eatery, boat rides and more!  A room block has been reserved at the luxurious new Erie Bayfront Sheraton hotel.  Please contact Rich "The Kuj" Kujawinski '70 with your reunion suggestions and to be added to the mailing list.  Only brothers who respond to Rich by February 1, 2012 will be mailed information about next summer's reunion. Rich's phone number: 732-583-3595.

We welcome your comments and suggestions! To share your thoughts or be added to our e-mail list, contact Cathy Fresch, director of Alumni Services, at fresch001@gannon.edu.

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